JFCS Of The Suncoast Launches Seventh Annual Book Drive – CBS Tampa

SARASOTA, Fla. (CW44 News at 10) JFCS of the Suncoast launches its seventh annual “Take-a-Look, Buy-a-Book” book donation effort on Feb. 1 to spread the joy of reading to children.

Each year, JFCS collects and distributes nearly 4,000 books to promote reading skills among local preschoolers to 5th grade, with particular emphasis on low-income, high-risk preschoolers. Books are also given to infants and toddlers, as well as older children in middle and high school.

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“Owning and sharing a book is a wonderful experience for a child, and we believe that reading skills are a skill that is best learned early in life, and a set of skills that is the backbone of other learning and life experiences,” said Sheila Birnbaum, a JFCS volunteer and founder of the “Take-a-Look, Buy-a-Book” campaign.

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The book drive runs from 1 February to 31 March 2022. Community members can participate by:

  • Delivery or shipping of new books for infants through teens directly to our office at 2688 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34237.
  • Encourage organizations, neighborhoods, social clubs, businesses, friends, and other groups to organize a book collection among their members. A designated person can collect the books and deliver them to the JFCS ‘administrative building at Fruitville.

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Donated books will be distributed to JFCS clients participating in a variety of programs including Camp Mariposa, IGNITE / REACH, Veterans Services, Homeless Prevention, Youth Services and more. Books will also go to local Title I schools, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, summer reading programs and other organizations such as the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee and Sarasota counties and Embracing Our Differences.

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